The first Avro artifact raised from Lake Ontario, August 18, 2018 , by the Raise the Arrow project. Photo by Joanna Calder, RCAF Public Affairs

by Michael Whittaker

Many Canadians know about the destruction of the supersonic Avro Arrow fighters in 1959. Nancy Binnie of the Canadian Conservation Institute (CCI) will explain a little known part of the Avro saga to the Rideau Valley Archaeology Society Sunday, December 8, 12:30 pm at the Goose and Gridiron in Merrickville.

In August 2018, investigators retrieved the Avro test vehicle from the bottom of Lake Ontario off Prince Edward County. To the surprise of many, the artifact proved not to be part of the Arrow research program. The earlier delta-wing rocket survived Cold War experiments vital to the Velvet Glove missile development program first test launched in 1952.

The CCI and Canadian Aviation and Space Museum restored and conserved the Zebra Mussels encrusted three-metre long device, which was displayed at the museum.

Next month, the January 12 meeting will be later than usual at 2:30 pm. Art Smith, Leeds and Thousand Islands Township Historian, presents on the three seasons of archaeology at the Lansdowne Ironworks concluded in September 2019. Located by the Gananoque River in Lyndhurst, the first blast furnace constructed in Ontario, operated from c. 1801 to c.1811.

Everyone is welcome to attend RVAS meetings. An annual membership is $20.

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